Canadian firm chooses Holland as site for U.S. operations

August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 7:19 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

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August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 7:19 AM EDT

A Canadian firm, seeking a base for its U.S. operations, has leased a vacant Holland plant.

Toronto-based Fichman Furniture has agreed to lease an 8,000-square-foot building on North Main Street in Holland and will be using the plant as its first-ever U.S. plant.

Fichman makes wooden radiator covers, among other items.

The company expects to invest at least $3 million and hire 15 people for its Holland operation.

By shifting manufacturing operations to Holland, Fichman officials said they will save on shipping delays caused by border crossing issues and will also see a reduction in some transportation and material costs.

"With so much of our product being exported, it was clear that a U.S. expansion would be an important next step for our company," said Erran Fichman, company president. "As we worked through the process, the affordability of our preferred site and the skill and productivity of the local workforce became primary factors in choosing the Town of Holland."

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